Category Archives: Progressive Sermons

Lectionary sermon for 24 June 2018 (Year b) on Mark 4:35-41 and 1 Samuel 17 (1a,4-11,19-23,32-49)

Believe it or Not Among the tricky questions about the Bible that keep coming back to haunt church-goers are two that seem to recur. The first issue seems almost comfortingly academic. Are the Bible accounts of the more unbelievable stories … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 17 June 2018 Year B Mark 4, 26-34

It is not often we can say Jesus told a parable which seems to have particular meaning for our time. Today’ gospel from the lectionary certainly generates discussion, yet I wonder if indeed what is often debated misses one of … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 10 June 2018 Year b, Mark 3 : 20 – 35

HOW WIDE IS MY FAMILY? Given the angry arguments that divide many of today’s self-claimed champions of Christianity, perhaps we too need to learn from today’s gospel. Yes, there are some helpful guide-lines in Biblical teachings but as Bruce Epperly once … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Trinity Sunday – Year B – (27 May 2018) on Matthew 28 16-20 or John 3:1-17

Trinity: A Bible inspired Idea in need of a Second Look? How does the Trinity appear to the modern scientific mind? We live in an age when telescopes can probe the depths of space, looking back in time to many millions … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 6 May 2018 Easter 6 Year b on John 15:9-17

Most countries in the West are currently undergoing profound changes in terms of their response to traditional Christianity. Each census over the last forty years has showed a marked decline in the number whose self identification is Christian. It is … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Easter 2, Year B, 8 April 2018 on John 20: 19 – 31

Thomas the Who? Thomas has an incredible amount of bad press over the years and I would go so far to suggest, an undeserved bad press.  The expression:“a doubting Thomas” has come to be thought almost a term of derision.  … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for March 11 2018 Lent 4b on John 3: 14-21

THE STRUGGLE FOR TRUTH Sorting out real truth has always been more difficult than quoting a few key Bible verses. The Nicodemus story reminds us that truth typically only begins to take shape when an individual goes out of their … Continue reading

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